Dec 5, 2008
China's Yuan Set to Reverse Course
Dec 2, 2008
Japan Returns to Deflation Brink
Nov 26, 2008
Geithner a Balm for Japan's Clinton Trauma
Nov 21, 2008
Tokyo Itches to Take on Pirates
Nov 19, 2008
Japan Economists Call for 'Obama Bonds'
Nov 13, 2008
Japanese General Hoisted by Own Canards
Nov 6, 2008
Kim Could Make Obama Flinch
Oct. 31, 2008
Delayed Japan Poll a Double-edged Sword
Pulses Race in Pyongyang

Speculation has again surrounded North Korea's elusive leader Kim Jong-il after the Hermit Kingdom ordered its diplomats abroad to wait for an "important announcement" allegedly concerning the declining health of the "Dear Leader". South Korea, Japan and the United State are already preparing for the worst. - Kosuke Takahashi (Oct 21,'08)
Oct. 16, 2008
Japan's Cash Wanted - at Home and Abroad
Oct. 4, 2008
Blood Thickens Japan's Political Waters
Blood Thickens Japan's Political Waters

The unstable nature of present-day Japanese politics may stem from a continued preference for well-heeled hereditary politicians totally out of step with everyday citizens. Prime Minister Taro Aso's new cabinet is no exception - 12 of its 18 members have prominent political pedigree. A widening income gap may change all this. - Kosuke Takahashi (Oct 3, '08)
Oct. 3, 2008
Yen a Winner From Financial Woes
Oct. 22, 2008
Pulses Race in Pyongyang
Sept 3, 2008
Fukuda's Heir Faces Daunting Task
Fukuda's heir faces daunting task

Taro Aso faces few obstacles to replacing Yasuo Fukuda, who dramatically announced his resignation as Japan's prime minister on Monday. Aso's real test will be to sufficiently revive the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's fortunes to prevent it from being trounced at an expected snap election. - Kosuke Takahashi (Sep 2, '08)
Aug 29, 2008
Afghan Violence Hits Home in Japan
Sept 26, 2008
Koizumi's Retirement Rocks Japan
Koizumi's Retirement Rocks Japan

Former premier Junichiro Koizumi's decision to retire from politics brings to an end a controversial, but always colorful, career. It is also a potentially serious blow for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party which, come next elections, will sorely miss Koizumi's mass appeal and political savvy. - Kosuke Takahashi (Sep 26, '08)
Taro Aso: Comic Books and Bloodlines
Japan's next prime minister, Taro Aso, is an old-school patrician with a penchant for comic books. At 68 years old, he's been a lion of industry, a foreign minister and is now a Catholic. He is related to royalty, folk heroes and seven former prime ministers. Yet frequent public gaffes, and a growing rich-poor rift, mean Aso's famous pedigree may not be enough to win snap elections in as early as late October. - Kosuke Takahashi (Sep 23, '08)
Sept 24, 2008
Taro Aso With a Silver Spoon
Sept 23, 2008
Nukes and Missiles Keep Kim Going
Sept 10, 2008
Seeing Doubles in Dear Leader's No-show

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Japan to Live with Yen Burden
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Fallout from Pentagon's Gaffe Spreads
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Japan's Aso Already a Lame Duck